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India launches housing project in Matara

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu, at the ceremony at Indola Estate in Matara, on Saturday.
Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu, at the ceremony at Indola Estate in Matara, on Saturday.

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development Minister Palani Digambaram, and Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu laid the foundation stone for 50 new houses, at Indola Estate in Matara, on Saturday.

The new houses for Indola Estate comes will be constructed under the Indian Housing Project.

Members of Parliament and the Southern Provincial Council, senior government officials as well as officials from the Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT), Plantation and Estate Management and a large number of people from Indola Estate participated in the ceremony.

The High Commissioner reiterated the government and people of India’s commitment to participate with the people of Sri Lanka in their journey towards prosperity and development.

Out of the 14,000 houses committed by the Indian government in the plantation areas, over 1,000 houses have been completed and construction of 3,000 is currently underway. As soon as the land for the remaining houses is identified by the Sri Lankan government, construction of these houses will be undertaken, he said.

The locations of these houses are in the Central and Uva Provinces covering Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Kandy, Matale and Moneragala and also in the Sabragamuwa and Southern Provinces including Galle, Matara, Kegalle and Ratnapura.

These houses are being constructed under an innovative owner-driven process with technical support from independent implementing agencies on behalf of the Indian government, namely, UN Habitat, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC)/Sri Lanka Red Cross (SLRC), Habitat for Humanity, Sri Lanka and National Housing Development Authority of Sri Lanka. IFRC/SLRC is the implementing agency for the houses being constructed at Indola Estate. In addition to the houses under the Indian Housing Project, 1,200 more houses are being built separately under 50 model villages across the Southern Province, including Galle, Matara and Hambantota. The 1990 free Emergency Ambulance Service under Indian assistance was first implemented in the Southern and Western Provinces and following its tremendous success, is currently being expanded islandwide.

India has undertaken more than 70 people-oriented development projects in various fields including health, education, housing, skills development, infrastructure, and vocational training, across the country including building the largest university auditorium in Ruhuna University in Matara. About 20 such projects are currently in progress. The overall development portfolio of the Indian government in Sri Lanka is close to US$ 3 billion, out of which US$ 560 million is in grants. 


 

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